Hourglass Beach - contemporary chamber music
- Date: Friday, 23 October 2015, 7pm
- Venue: Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
- Tickets: Adults: 64 | Children: 20 | Concession: 42 — Tickets can be purchased online
Three world premieres by Australian composers - two song cycles, and one instrumental trio.
A man loses faith in first world systems - offered boundless choice, yet controlled by guilt. He enters a surreal state of folded self and memory where reality seems optional. Fleeing through cold darkness in an animal avatar, he arrives at a place of torment and enlightenment
"I want to let the shining light of truth penetrate where only dark shadows and poisonous derision reigned. I'm recording the history of liberation from traditional, inherited slavery by a clear mirage of true freedom of the soul" We're 100 years on from the words of the Polish composer, Karol Szymanowski. The quest for truth, light, and freedom are ongoing, against a different kind of slavery, perhaps of our own devising. In Andrew Kennedy's new song cycle in seven movements, Hourglass Beach, a man loses faith in the system of the first world. First he was offered boundless choice, and now he is compelled by guilt into fixing his naïve sins. In an act of desperation or insanity, he enters a surreal and rapturous state where reality is in question and he folds onto himself and his memories. Inhabiting an animal avatar, fleeing through cold darkness, unknowingly, he arrives at a place of either torment, or enlightenment - Hourglass Beach.
The Hourglass Ensemble plays with a unique spirit and honesty. As musicians they focus beyond technique, tell you a story and bring you beauty. You will be carried with them across the Aboriginal song lines to the lakes inhabited by wood ducks in Peter Sculthorpe's DreamTracks. The blazing passion of Poland will be on show in a masterpiece for the piano by Bacewicz, and Porebski's mystical Orient Bis for solo flute. Finally, the depths of darkness of the human imagination are explored in Marge Smith's raw, profound premiere song cycle, White Shadows.
Performers: Ewa Kowalski - flutes; Beata Stanowski - violin; Andrew Kennedy - clarinets/artistic director; Suzi Stengel - soprano; Andrew O'Connor - baritone; Gregory Kinda - piano
Featured non-Australian music: Adam Porebski, Orient Bis for solo flute; Grazyna Bacewicz, piano sonata number two
Featured Australian Works
|Contrasts : flute, clarinet and piano by Michal Rosiak — World premiere|
— performed by Ewa Kowalski, Gregory Kinda and Andrew Kennedy
||Dream tracks : for violin, clarinet and piano (1992) by Peter Sculthorpe|
— performed by Beata Stanowski, Andrew Kennedy and Gregory Kinda
|White Shadows : baritone voice with chamber ensemble by Margery Smith — World premiere|
— performed by Andrew O'Connor
|Hourglass Beach, song cycle for baritone and chamber group by Andrew Kennedy — World premiere|
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